Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football

Nearly six years ago, Kevin Grier and Tyler Cowen wrote a piece on the now-defunct Grantland called, “what would the end of football look like?” It seemed far-fetched at the time. But it predicted a world where upper-class Americans would no longer cultivate a love of the sport, because of the increasing data about brain damage caused by football. Upwardly mobile middle-class Americans would emulate the upper class, leaving only the poorer regions of the country to care about football (Texas, Oklahoma, the SEC).

In 2018, many if not most American elites now have a visceral disgust at the idea of their children playing the game. If you won’t let your kids go near it, why celebrate it on TV? It only seems a matter of time when football is exclusively associated with the poor and the uneducated.

Mihir Desai on the trouble with optionality. The basic thesis is that when we defer making choices in the guise of giving ourselves choices, we end up accidentally making non-ideal choices. This resonated with me, in that I also went to law school partially because I was attracted by the idea that it gave me “options.” But it turns out after going to law school I ended up a lawyer, just like almost all of my peers. Not that I don’t enjoy what I do (I do now, but I didn’t always); it’s just that the optionality aspect of going to law school was a farce.

Nature article on how ecology and evolution interact on observable time scales.

  • Odysseus and Intentionally Inconvenient Design
  • First Ascents, Google Glass, and Thalidomide
  • Sitting and Moving
  • Nudging to Non-Distraction
  • The Feck Off Gates
  • Completeness of Experience
  • Defaulting to Distraction
  • Reflections on the Passing of Anthony Bourdain
  • How Obsession with Success May Lead to Failure
  • Why Most Theories Are Like Stories
  • A Story about Status and Freedom
  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
  • On Convergence and the Value of Figuring Things Out for Yourself
  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
  • Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football
  • Internet Judge, Jury, and Executioner
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People
  • My 12 Rules for Life
  • The Land of Confusion
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
  • Anti-ism-ism
  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
  • Accept the World Exactly as It Is, and then Go Try to Make It Better
  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
  • This is Why Extreme Policies Become Normal
  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
  • The Rationality of Seemingly Irrational Political Beliefs
  • Goals vs. Streaks
  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
  • Ambivalence to Achievement
  • Metarules for Games
  • Today, I Will Make Myself a Cup of Tea
  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
  • Do Great Things . . . Or Do Nothing
  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
  • What 40-Degree Water Taught Me About Philosophy
  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
  • Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
  • What I’m Reading – 5/4 – Team of Rivals
  • Epistemic Status
  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
  • What I’m Reading – 4/27 – The Graveyard Book; The Longest Winter
  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
  • Monday Funday – Killer Drone
  • Shortcuts 4/22/16
  • The Easiest Path To Professional Success
  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
  • How To (And How Not To) Defeat a Demagogue
  • Monday Funday, 4/11/2016
  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
  • How to Learn To Love Any New Habit
  • What I’m Reading – 4/6 – The Iraq War; Impro; Zen in the Art of Writing; The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 100/100/100
  • The Best Thing I Read Last Week
  • Friday Shortcuts
  • Analyzing Life from an Archeologist’s Perspective
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • What’s the Evolutionary Basis for Why We Like TV?
  • Tip of the AI Iceberg
  • The Theory of 5,000 Einsteins
  • All of Our Instincts Are Fighting Against Us
  • McCarthy’s Maxim in Visual Form
  • Why Irrationality May Be Our Best Form of Job Security
  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Rules for Thinking, Daniel Dennett; Does it Matter? Alan Watts
  • Benchley’s Law of Distinction, Forager-Farmer Edition
  • The DO Rule
  • Proof of Evolution You Can See
  • Is Ultrarunning on the Decline?
  • Let My People Go (and Drink Responsibly)!
  • The Least Interesting Years of My Life
  • The Mismeasure of Man; A Universe of Consciousness
  • On Donald Trump, Superforecasting, and Granularity
  • Stalingrad, The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • The Smart People Need to get Smarter
  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
  • The Amateur Astronomer
  • Why Working at the Same Time as Everyone Else Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
  • The Red Queen and the New Political Order
  • Programming vs. Strategy
  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
  • This is the New Political Order
  • Why It’s Ok to Dance Alone on a Hill in Tight Pants
  • How to Lead, How to Follow
  • Snapchat: The New Game
  • Games and Problems (How to Solve Any Problem)
  • The Battle for Non-Distraction
  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
  • Steve Jobs; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology and Discovery of Invention; Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  • The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
  • Insider Games vs. Outsider Games, Paul Krugman Edition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
  • Arguing with People Online is a Waste of Time
  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
  • Creativity, Domains, Consensus, and Recognition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke
  • Disassortative Mating, Heart-Warming Edition
  • Humanity Trumps Ideology
  • The Golden Age of Games
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Benjamin Franklin, an American Life; Einstein, His Life and Universe; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Riches to Rags Story
  • The Observable Universe, Log-Scale Image
  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
  • Why the Nobel Prize is Overrated
  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Find Your Voice, Do Your Special Work
  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People

    An excerpt in the Atlantic from Charles Mann’s new book, The Wizard and The Prophet: Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?

    What the C4 Rice Consortium is trying to do with rice bears the same resemblance to typical genetically modified crops as a Boeing 787 does to a paper airplane. Rather than tinker with individual genes in order to monetize seeds, the scientists are trying to refashion photosynthesis, on the most fundamental processes of life.

    David S. Han writes about whether we need to restrict 1st Amendment protections in light of recent terrorist activity.

    But as our history has shown, any protection—a decision that may not easily be reversible—calls for epistemic humility and cautious incrementalism. Adhering to narrow strict scrutiny analysis as an intermediate step to more far-reaching doctrinal revision helps to ensure that any such broad revision is the product of substantial deliberation and made at a sober distance, rather than a knee-jerk response driven by the often distorted perceptions of the present moment.

    I only recently discovered Dan Wang’s blog, but I’ve bookmarked it as a new favorite. I particularly enjoyed this post, Violence and the Sacred: College as an incubator of Girardian terror.

    Yeah, I didn’t know what that meant either until I read the post. But the gist is that it’s a bad idea to put similarly situated people in the same place and make them compete over the same things.

  • Odysseus and Intentionally Inconvenient Design
  • First Ascents, Google Glass, and Thalidomide
  • Sitting and Moving
  • Nudging to Non-Distraction
  • The Feck Off Gates
  • Completeness of Experience
  • Defaulting to Distraction
  • Reflections on the Passing of Anthony Bourdain
  • How Obsession with Success May Lead to Failure
  • Why Most Theories Are Like Stories
  • A Story about Status and Freedom
  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
  • On Convergence and the Value of Figuring Things Out for Yourself
  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
  • Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football
  • Internet Judge, Jury, and Executioner
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People
  • My 12 Rules for Life
  • The Land of Confusion
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
  • Anti-ism-ism
  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
  • Accept the World Exactly as It Is, and then Go Try to Make It Better
  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
  • This is Why Extreme Policies Become Normal
  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
  • The Rationality of Seemingly Irrational Political Beliefs
  • Goals vs. Streaks
  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
  • Ambivalence to Achievement
  • Metarules for Games
  • Today, I Will Make Myself a Cup of Tea
  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
  • Do Great Things . . . Or Do Nothing
  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
  • What 40-Degree Water Taught Me About Philosophy
  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
  • Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
  • What I’m Reading – 5/4 – Team of Rivals
  • Epistemic Status
  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
  • What I’m Reading – 4/27 – The Graveyard Book; The Longest Winter
  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
  • Monday Funday – Killer Drone
  • Shortcuts 4/22/16
  • The Easiest Path To Professional Success
  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
  • How To (And How Not To) Defeat a Demagogue
  • Monday Funday, 4/11/2016
  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
  • How to Learn To Love Any New Habit
  • What I’m Reading – 4/6 – The Iraq War; Impro; Zen in the Art of Writing; The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 100/100/100
  • The Best Thing I Read Last Week
  • Friday Shortcuts
  • Analyzing Life from an Archeologist’s Perspective
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • What’s the Evolutionary Basis for Why We Like TV?
  • Tip of the AI Iceberg
  • The Theory of 5,000 Einsteins
  • All of Our Instincts Are Fighting Against Us
  • McCarthy’s Maxim in Visual Form
  • Why Irrationality May Be Our Best Form of Job Security
  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Rules for Thinking, Daniel Dennett; Does it Matter? Alan Watts
  • Benchley’s Law of Distinction, Forager-Farmer Edition
  • The DO Rule
  • Proof of Evolution You Can See
  • Is Ultrarunning on the Decline?
  • Let My People Go (and Drink Responsibly)!
  • The Least Interesting Years of My Life
  • The Mismeasure of Man; A Universe of Consciousness
  • On Donald Trump, Superforecasting, and Granularity
  • Stalingrad, The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • The Smart People Need to get Smarter
  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
  • The Amateur Astronomer
  • Why Working at the Same Time as Everyone Else Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
  • The Red Queen and the New Political Order
  • Programming vs. Strategy
  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
  • This is the New Political Order
  • Why It’s Ok to Dance Alone on a Hill in Tight Pants
  • How to Lead, How to Follow
  • Snapchat: The New Game
  • Games and Problems (How to Solve Any Problem)
  • The Battle for Non-Distraction
  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
  • Steve Jobs; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology and Discovery of Invention; Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  • The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
  • Insider Games vs. Outsider Games, Paul Krugman Edition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
  • Arguing with People Online is a Waste of Time
  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
  • Creativity, Domains, Consensus, and Recognition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke
  • Disassortative Mating, Heart-Warming Edition
  • Humanity Trumps Ideology
  • The Golden Age of Games
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Benjamin Franklin, an American Life; Einstein, His Life and Universe; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Riches to Rags Story
  • The Observable Universe, Log-Scale Image
  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
  • Why the Nobel Prize is Overrated
  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Find Your Voice, Do Your Special Work
  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)
  • The Land of Confusion

    Luke Muehlhauser’s excerpts from The Doomsday Machine. I remember growing up obsessed with the risks of nuclear war. It was a very ‘80s thing to be worried about.

    But as the decades wore on and there were no nukes, we have become more complacent in our belief that because this hasn’t happened yet, it won’t happen. I would take the other side of that bet, if there were anyone on the other side left to collect on it.

    I promise I don’t mean that to come off as negatively as it probably sounds.

    Speaking of which, Robin Hanson on Ted Kaczynski’s Collapse Theory.

    How did I not know that Bernd Heinrich and Lynn Jennings were a couple?

    Charles Mann on the problem of genetic erosion. (Possible subtitle: Convincing peasant farmers in Mexico to create a Starbucks for corn tortillas)

  • Odysseus and Intentionally Inconvenient Design
  • First Ascents, Google Glass, and Thalidomide
  • Sitting and Moving
  • Nudging to Non-Distraction
  • The Feck Off Gates
  • Completeness of Experience
  • Defaulting to Distraction
  • Reflections on the Passing of Anthony Bourdain
  • How Obsession with Success May Lead to Failure
  • Why Most Theories Are Like Stories
  • A Story about Status and Freedom
  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
  • On Convergence and the Value of Figuring Things Out for Yourself
  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
  • Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football
  • Internet Judge, Jury, and Executioner
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People
  • My 12 Rules for Life
  • The Land of Confusion
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
  • Anti-ism-ism
  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
  • Accept the World Exactly as It Is, and then Go Try to Make It Better
  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
  • This is Why Extreme Policies Become Normal
  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
  • The Rationality of Seemingly Irrational Political Beliefs
  • Goals vs. Streaks
  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
  • Ambivalence to Achievement
  • Metarules for Games
  • Today, I Will Make Myself a Cup of Tea
  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
  • Do Great Things . . . Or Do Nothing
  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
  • What 40-Degree Water Taught Me About Philosophy
  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
  • Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
  • What I’m Reading – 5/4 – Team of Rivals
  • Epistemic Status
  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
  • What I’m Reading – 4/27 – The Graveyard Book; The Longest Winter
  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
  • Monday Funday – Killer Drone
  • Shortcuts 4/22/16
  • The Easiest Path To Professional Success
  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
  • How To (And How Not To) Defeat a Demagogue
  • Monday Funday, 4/11/2016
  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
  • How to Learn To Love Any New Habit
  • What I’m Reading – 4/6 – The Iraq War; Impro; Zen in the Art of Writing; The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 100/100/100
  • The Best Thing I Read Last Week
  • Friday Shortcuts
  • Analyzing Life from an Archeologist’s Perspective
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • What’s the Evolutionary Basis for Why We Like TV?
  • Tip of the AI Iceberg
  • The Theory of 5,000 Einsteins
  • All of Our Instincts Are Fighting Against Us
  • McCarthy’s Maxim in Visual Form
  • Why Irrationality May Be Our Best Form of Job Security
  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Rules for Thinking, Daniel Dennett; Does it Matter? Alan Watts
  • Benchley’s Law of Distinction, Forager-Farmer Edition
  • The DO Rule
  • Proof of Evolution You Can See
  • Is Ultrarunning on the Decline?
  • Let My People Go (and Drink Responsibly)!
  • The Least Interesting Years of My Life
  • The Mismeasure of Man; A Universe of Consciousness
  • On Donald Trump, Superforecasting, and Granularity
  • Stalingrad, The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • The Smart People Need to get Smarter
  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
  • The Amateur Astronomer
  • Why Working at the Same Time as Everyone Else Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
  • The Red Queen and the New Political Order
  • Programming vs. Strategy
  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
  • This is the New Political Order
  • Why It’s Ok to Dance Alone on a Hill in Tight Pants
  • How to Lead, How to Follow
  • Snapchat: The New Game
  • Games and Problems (How to Solve Any Problem)
  • The Battle for Non-Distraction
  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
  • Steve Jobs; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology and Discovery of Invention; Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  • The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
  • Insider Games vs. Outsider Games, Paul Krugman Edition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
  • Arguing with People Online is a Waste of Time
  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
  • Creativity, Domains, Consensus, and Recognition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke
  • Disassortative Mating, Heart-Warming Edition
  • Humanity Trumps Ideology
  • The Golden Age of Games
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Benjamin Franklin, an American Life; Einstein, His Life and Universe; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Riches to Rags Story
  • The Observable Universe, Log-Scale Image
  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
  • Why the Nobel Prize is Overrated
  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Find Your Voice, Do Your Special Work
  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read

    I’ve been reading The Logic of Political Survival by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, and I think it’s the best book on political theory I’ve ever read. Here are a few topics explored in the book:

    • Why two democracies almost never go to war with each other
    • Why democracies almost always win their wars over dictatorships
    • Why dictators tend to have longer terms in office than leaders of democratic countries
    • Why countries with small ruling coalitions tend to be more corrupt
    • Why even the most popular and successful leaders in democratic countries tend to be elected out of office after a relatively short time

    It’s very rare for me when almost everything I read in a book is new information. But that has been my experience with The Logic of Political Survival. It’s dense, empirically driven, and historically informative. Highly recommended.

    New paper on Anarchy, Blockchain, and Utopia. How blockchain technology might “make it more feasible for individuals to exit political-socioeconomic systems at the level of the system itself and elect to accede freely to institutional systems which formulate, promulgate, keep and verify institutions and public records without a centralised authority.”

    Color me very skeptical.

    My old law professor at Duke, Neil Siegel, just published a paper about something I’ve been thinking ever since Donald Trump’s presidential campaign took off. The real problem with Donald Trump isn’t so much that he’s committed any grave constitutional violations or that his policies are so very bad. While he may be criticized on both of those fronts, the real problem with his presidency is his blatant disregard for established political presidential norms. By failing to respect the rule of law as a political norm, he has helped to foster what may be an irrevocable distrust in the country’s political institutions. The jury is still out on how this will impact the country long term, but I am nervous that it might not be possible to ever put that genie back in the bottle.

    An old post by Cal Newport about how social media companies can only succeed if use of their products is compulsive and unhealthy.

    I’m not a huge fan of silent movies, but Buster Keaton is something else.

  • Odysseus and Intentionally Inconvenient Design
  • First Ascents, Google Glass, and Thalidomide
  • Sitting and Moving
  • Nudging to Non-Distraction
  • The Feck Off Gates
  • Completeness of Experience
  • Defaulting to Distraction
  • Reflections on the Passing of Anthony Bourdain
  • How Obsession with Success May Lead to Failure
  • Why Most Theories Are Like Stories
  • A Story about Status and Freedom
  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
  • On Convergence and the Value of Figuring Things Out for Yourself
  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
  • Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football
  • Internet Judge, Jury, and Executioner
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People
  • My 12 Rules for Life
  • The Land of Confusion
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
  • Anti-ism-ism
  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
  • Accept the World Exactly as It Is, and then Go Try to Make It Better
  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
  • This is Why Extreme Policies Become Normal
  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
  • The Rationality of Seemingly Irrational Political Beliefs
  • Goals vs. Streaks
  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
  • Ambivalence to Achievement
  • Metarules for Games
  • Today, I Will Make Myself a Cup of Tea
  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
  • Do Great Things . . . Or Do Nothing
  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
  • What 40-Degree Water Taught Me About Philosophy
  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
  • Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
  • What I’m Reading – 5/4 – Team of Rivals
  • Epistemic Status
  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
  • What I’m Reading – 4/27 – The Graveyard Book; The Longest Winter
  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
  • Monday Funday – Killer Drone
  • Shortcuts 4/22/16
  • The Easiest Path To Professional Success
  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
  • How To (And How Not To) Defeat a Demagogue
  • Monday Funday, 4/11/2016
  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
  • How to Learn To Love Any New Habit
  • What I’m Reading – 4/6 – The Iraq War; Impro; Zen in the Art of Writing; The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 100/100/100
  • The Best Thing I Read Last Week
  • Friday Shortcuts
  • Analyzing Life from an Archeologist’s Perspective
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • What’s the Evolutionary Basis for Why We Like TV?
  • Tip of the AI Iceberg
  • The Theory of 5,000 Einsteins
  • All of Our Instincts Are Fighting Against Us
  • McCarthy’s Maxim in Visual Form
  • Why Irrationality May Be Our Best Form of Job Security
  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Rules for Thinking, Daniel Dennett; Does it Matter? Alan Watts
  • Benchley’s Law of Distinction, Forager-Farmer Edition
  • The DO Rule
  • Proof of Evolution You Can See
  • Is Ultrarunning on the Decline?
  • Let My People Go (and Drink Responsibly)!
  • The Least Interesting Years of My Life
  • The Mismeasure of Man; A Universe of Consciousness
  • On Donald Trump, Superforecasting, and Granularity
  • Stalingrad, The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • The Smart People Need to get Smarter
  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
  • The Amateur Astronomer
  • Why Working at the Same Time as Everyone Else Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
  • The Red Queen and the New Political Order
  • Programming vs. Strategy
  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
  • This is the New Political Order
  • Why It’s Ok to Dance Alone on a Hill in Tight Pants
  • How to Lead, How to Follow
  • Snapchat: The New Game
  • Games and Problems (How to Solve Any Problem)
  • The Battle for Non-Distraction
  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
  • Steve Jobs; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology and Discovery of Invention; Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  • The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
  • Insider Games vs. Outsider Games, Paul Krugman Edition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
  • Arguing with People Online is a Waste of Time
  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
  • Creativity, Domains, Consensus, and Recognition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke
  • Disassortative Mating, Heart-Warming Edition
  • Humanity Trumps Ideology
  • The Golden Age of Games
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Benjamin Franklin, an American Life; Einstein, His Life and Universe; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Riches to Rags Story
  • The Observable Universe, Log-Scale Image
  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
  • Why the Nobel Prize is Overrated
  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Find Your Voice, Do Your Special Work
  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want

    A great story of how Jason Kottke of Kottke.org got to play an extra on one of his (and my) favorite TV shows, Halt and Catch Fire.

    Mr. Money Mustache on Bitcoin.

    Calculated Risk’s ten economic questions for 2018. Disagree with this man at your peril.

    Will Wheaton reckoning with the reputation of the Star Trek character that brought him to the pinnacle of nerd-frame.

    A video entitled Self Promotion.

    Happy 2018!

  • Odysseus and Intentionally Inconvenient Design
  • First Ascents, Google Glass, and Thalidomide
  • Sitting and Moving
  • Nudging to Non-Distraction
  • The Feck Off Gates
  • Completeness of Experience
  • Defaulting to Distraction
  • Reflections on the Passing of Anthony Bourdain
  • How Obsession with Success May Lead to Failure
  • Why Most Theories Are Like Stories
  • A Story about Status and Freedom
  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
  • On Convergence and the Value of Figuring Things Out for Yourself
  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
  • Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football
  • Internet Judge, Jury, and Executioner
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People
  • My 12 Rules for Life
  • The Land of Confusion
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
  • Anti-ism-ism
  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
  • Accept the World Exactly as It Is, and then Go Try to Make It Better
  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
  • This is Why Extreme Policies Become Normal
  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
  • The Rationality of Seemingly Irrational Political Beliefs
  • Goals vs. Streaks
  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
  • Ambivalence to Achievement
  • Metarules for Games
  • Today, I Will Make Myself a Cup of Tea
  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
  • Do Great Things . . . Or Do Nothing
  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
  • What 40-Degree Water Taught Me About Philosophy
  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
  • Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
  • What I’m Reading – 5/4 – Team of Rivals
  • Epistemic Status
  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
  • What I’m Reading – 4/27 – The Graveyard Book; The Longest Winter
  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
  • Monday Funday – Killer Drone
  • Shortcuts 4/22/16
  • The Easiest Path To Professional Success
  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
  • How To (And How Not To) Defeat a Demagogue
  • Monday Funday, 4/11/2016
  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
  • How to Learn To Love Any New Habit
  • What I’m Reading – 4/6 – The Iraq War; Impro; Zen in the Art of Writing; The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 100/100/100
  • The Best Thing I Read Last Week
  • Friday Shortcuts
  • Analyzing Life from an Archeologist’s Perspective
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • What’s the Evolutionary Basis for Why We Like TV?
  • Tip of the AI Iceberg
  • The Theory of 5,000 Einsteins
  • All of Our Instincts Are Fighting Against Us
  • McCarthy’s Maxim in Visual Form
  • Why Irrationality May Be Our Best Form of Job Security
  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Rules for Thinking, Daniel Dennett; Does it Matter? Alan Watts
  • Benchley’s Law of Distinction, Forager-Farmer Edition
  • The DO Rule
  • Proof of Evolution You Can See
  • Is Ultrarunning on the Decline?
  • Let My People Go (and Drink Responsibly)!
  • The Least Interesting Years of My Life
  • The Mismeasure of Man; A Universe of Consciousness
  • On Donald Trump, Superforecasting, and Granularity
  • Stalingrad, The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • The Smart People Need to get Smarter
  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
  • The Amateur Astronomer
  • Why Working at the Same Time as Everyone Else Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
  • The Red Queen and the New Political Order
  • Programming vs. Strategy
  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
  • This is the New Political Order
  • Why It’s Ok to Dance Alone on a Hill in Tight Pants
  • How to Lead, How to Follow
  • Snapchat: The New Game
  • Games and Problems (How to Solve Any Problem)
  • The Battle for Non-Distraction
  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
  • Steve Jobs; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology and Discovery of Invention; Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  • The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
  • Insider Games vs. Outsider Games, Paul Krugman Edition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
  • Arguing with People Online is a Waste of Time
  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
  • Creativity, Domains, Consensus, and Recognition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke
  • Disassortative Mating, Heart-Warming Edition
  • Humanity Trumps Ideology
  • The Golden Age of Games
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Benjamin Franklin, an American Life; Einstein, His Life and Universe; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Riches to Rags Story
  • The Observable Universe, Log-Scale Image
  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
  • Why the Nobel Prize is Overrated
  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Find Your Voice, Do Your Special Work
  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage

    Jonathan Haidt on the Age of Outrage. Long, but worth reading in its entirety.

    Eliud Ngetich does a fartlek workout in Central Park in NYC. Like a bullet train speeding by cars stuck in second gear.

    The same workout in Eldoret, Kenya.

    Slate Star Codex on the risks associated with Adderall. I was on Concerta, which is essentially time release Ritalin, from 2006-2010. I developed a tolerance for it where I basically stopped noticing its effects. But, despite the tolerance I had acquired, I also noticed once I had started getting back into semi-serious running that it was causing me to have an elevated heart rate, about ten beats a minute higher than it would have been otherwise. That was compelling enough to make me give it up.

  • Odysseus and Intentionally Inconvenient Design
  • First Ascents, Google Glass, and Thalidomide
  • Sitting and Moving
  • Nudging to Non-Distraction
  • The Feck Off Gates
  • Completeness of Experience
  • Defaulting to Distraction
  • Reflections on the Passing of Anthony Bourdain
  • How Obsession with Success May Lead to Failure
  • Why Most Theories Are Like Stories
  • A Story about Status and Freedom
  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
  • On Convergence and the Value of Figuring Things Out for Yourself
  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
  • Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football
  • Internet Judge, Jury, and Executioner
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People
  • My 12 Rules for Life
  • The Land of Confusion
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
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  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
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  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
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  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
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  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
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  • Metarules for Games
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  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
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  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
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  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
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  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
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  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
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  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
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  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
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  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
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  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
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  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
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  • Snapchat: The New Game
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  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
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  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
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  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
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  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
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  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
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  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)
  • A Beneficial Ruse

    One of the only successful surgeons of the 19th century was a woman who pretended to be a man her entire adult life, because that was the only way she could practice medicine at the time.

    Last week, my old college cross-country teammate became the first person to coach two separate athletes to national cross-county titles. Congrats, John!

    Hugh Hefner died this year. His personality and character left plenty to be desired. Part of me wonders whether his death was a nice bookend to the era of when old men traded power for sex in an open and shameless way, or in a covert and shameful way, and when they were sometimes glorified for doing so.

    Without justifying any of that crap, Playboy, the actual magazine, had some genuinely great moments.

    On a more pleasant note, here’s a heart-warming video, just in time for the Holidays. It’s a compilation of Russians doing very kind things, filmed on dash cams.

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  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
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  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
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  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
  • Anti-ism-ism
  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
  • Accept the World Exactly as It Is, and then Go Try to Make It Better
  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
  • This is Why Extreme Policies Become Normal
  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
  • The Rationality of Seemingly Irrational Political Beliefs
  • Goals vs. Streaks
  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
  • Ambivalence to Achievement
  • Metarules for Games
  • Today, I Will Make Myself a Cup of Tea
  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
  • Do Great Things . . . Or Do Nothing
  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
  • What 40-Degree Water Taught Me About Philosophy
  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
  • Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
  • What I’m Reading – 5/4 – Team of Rivals
  • Epistemic Status
  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
  • What I’m Reading – 4/27 – The Graveyard Book; The Longest Winter
  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
  • Monday Funday – Killer Drone
  • Shortcuts 4/22/16
  • The Easiest Path To Professional Success
  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
  • How To (And How Not To) Defeat a Demagogue
  • Monday Funday, 4/11/2016
  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
  • How to Learn To Love Any New Habit
  • What I’m Reading – 4/6 – The Iraq War; Impro; Zen in the Art of Writing; The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 100/100/100
  • The Best Thing I Read Last Week
  • Friday Shortcuts
  • Analyzing Life from an Archeologist’s Perspective
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • What’s the Evolutionary Basis for Why We Like TV?
  • Tip of the AI Iceberg
  • The Theory of 5,000 Einsteins
  • All of Our Instincts Are Fighting Against Us
  • McCarthy’s Maxim in Visual Form
  • Why Irrationality May Be Our Best Form of Job Security
  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Rules for Thinking, Daniel Dennett; Does it Matter? Alan Watts
  • Benchley’s Law of Distinction, Forager-Farmer Edition
  • The DO Rule
  • Proof of Evolution You Can See
  • Is Ultrarunning on the Decline?
  • Let My People Go (and Drink Responsibly)!
  • The Least Interesting Years of My Life
  • The Mismeasure of Man; A Universe of Consciousness
  • On Donald Trump, Superforecasting, and Granularity
  • Stalingrad, The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • The Smart People Need to get Smarter
  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
  • The Amateur Astronomer
  • Why Working at the Same Time as Everyone Else Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
  • The Red Queen and the New Political Order
  • Programming vs. Strategy
  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
  • This is the New Political Order
  • Why It’s Ok to Dance Alone on a Hill in Tight Pants
  • How to Lead, How to Follow
  • Snapchat: The New Game
  • Games and Problems (How to Solve Any Problem)
  • The Battle for Non-Distraction
  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
  • Steve Jobs; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology and Discovery of Invention; Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  • The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
  • Insider Games vs. Outsider Games, Paul Krugman Edition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
  • Arguing with People Online is a Waste of Time
  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
  • Creativity, Domains, Consensus, and Recognition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke
  • Disassortative Mating, Heart-Warming Edition
  • Humanity Trumps Ideology
  • The Golden Age of Games
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Benjamin Franklin, an American Life; Einstein, His Life and Universe; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Riches to Rags Story
  • The Observable Universe, Log-Scale Image
  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
  • Why the Nobel Prize is Overrated
  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Find Your Voice, Do Your Special Work
  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots

    Fictional, for now (Warning: terrifying, in a Black Mirror sort of way)

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  • Odysseus and Intentionally Inconvenient Design
  • First Ascents, Google Glass, and Thalidomide
  • Sitting and Moving
  • Nudging to Non-Distraction
  • The Feck Off Gates
  • Completeness of Experience
  • Defaulting to Distraction
  • Reflections on the Passing of Anthony Bourdain
  • How Obsession with Success May Lead to Failure
  • Why Most Theories Are Like Stories
  • A Story about Status and Freedom
  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
  • On Convergence and the Value of Figuring Things Out for Yourself
  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
  • Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football
  • Internet Judge, Jury, and Executioner
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People
  • My 12 Rules for Life
  • The Land of Confusion
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
  • Anti-ism-ism
  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
  • Accept the World Exactly as It Is, and then Go Try to Make It Better
  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
  • This is Why Extreme Policies Become Normal
  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
  • The Rationality of Seemingly Irrational Political Beliefs
  • Goals vs. Streaks
  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
  • Ambivalence to Achievement
  • Metarules for Games
  • Today, I Will Make Myself a Cup of Tea
  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
  • Do Great Things . . . Or Do Nothing
  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
  • What 40-Degree Water Taught Me About Philosophy
  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
  • Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
  • What I’m Reading – 5/4 – Team of Rivals
  • Epistemic Status
  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
  • What I’m Reading – 4/27 – The Graveyard Book; The Longest Winter
  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
  • Monday Funday – Killer Drone
  • Shortcuts 4/22/16
  • The Easiest Path To Professional Success
  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
  • How To (And How Not To) Defeat a Demagogue
  • Monday Funday, 4/11/2016
  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
  • How to Learn To Love Any New Habit
  • What I’m Reading – 4/6 – The Iraq War; Impro; Zen in the Art of Writing; The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 100/100/100
  • The Best Thing I Read Last Week
  • Friday Shortcuts
  • Analyzing Life from an Archeologist’s Perspective
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • What’s the Evolutionary Basis for Why We Like TV?
  • Tip of the AI Iceberg
  • The Theory of 5,000 Einsteins
  • All of Our Instincts Are Fighting Against Us
  • McCarthy’s Maxim in Visual Form
  • Why Irrationality May Be Our Best Form of Job Security
  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Rules for Thinking, Daniel Dennett; Does it Matter? Alan Watts
  • Benchley’s Law of Distinction, Forager-Farmer Edition
  • The DO Rule
  • Proof of Evolution You Can See
  • Is Ultrarunning on the Decline?
  • Let My People Go (and Drink Responsibly)!
  • The Least Interesting Years of My Life
  • The Mismeasure of Man; A Universe of Consciousness
  • On Donald Trump, Superforecasting, and Granularity
  • Stalingrad, The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • The Smart People Need to get Smarter
  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
  • The Amateur Astronomer
  • Why Working at the Same Time as Everyone Else Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
  • The Red Queen and the New Political Order
  • Programming vs. Strategy
  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
  • This is the New Political Order
  • Why It’s Ok to Dance Alone on a Hill in Tight Pants
  • How to Lead, How to Follow
  • Snapchat: The New Game
  • Games and Problems (How to Solve Any Problem)
  • The Battle for Non-Distraction
  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
  • Steve Jobs; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology and Discovery of Invention; Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  • The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
  • Insider Games vs. Outsider Games, Paul Krugman Edition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
  • Arguing with People Online is a Waste of Time
  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
  • Creativity, Domains, Consensus, and Recognition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke
  • Disassortative Mating, Heart-Warming Edition
  • Humanity Trumps Ideology
  • The Golden Age of Games
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Benjamin Franklin, an American Life; Einstein, His Life and Universe; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Riches to Rags Story
  • The Observable Universe, Log-Scale Image
  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
  • Why the Nobel Prize is Overrated
  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Find Your Voice, Do Your Special Work
  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)
  • Nothing to See Here

    For about 1500 years, humans were better than machines at chess. In 1997, the world’s best chess-player computer beat the world’s best human. From 1997 to 2017, the best human-computer teams were better than the best computers at chess. Now as of this week, humans have no value to add against the best computer chess-playing teams.

    Nothing to see here. Please move along.

    Apparently, significant loss of neurons is not a normal part of aging.

    Great David Chapman piece on fake insights. Explains why many of the times when we achieve “breakthroughs” or major discoveries what we really discovered was a sleight-of-hand trick.

    Feeling blue about the all the shenanigans going on in DC? Maybe this will cheer you up.

  • Odysseus and Intentionally Inconvenient Design
  • First Ascents, Google Glass, and Thalidomide
  • Sitting and Moving
  • Nudging to Non-Distraction
  • The Feck Off Gates
  • Completeness of Experience
  • Defaulting to Distraction
  • Reflections on the Passing of Anthony Bourdain
  • How Obsession with Success May Lead to Failure
  • Why Most Theories Are Like Stories
  • A Story about Status and Freedom
  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
  • On Convergence and the Value of Figuring Things Out for Yourself
  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
  • Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football
  • Internet Judge, Jury, and Executioner
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People
  • My 12 Rules for Life
  • The Land of Confusion
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
  • Anti-ism-ism
  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
  • Accept the World Exactly as It Is, and then Go Try to Make It Better
  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
  • This is Why Extreme Policies Become Normal
  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
  • The Rationality of Seemingly Irrational Political Beliefs
  • Goals vs. Streaks
  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
  • Ambivalence to Achievement
  • Metarules for Games
  • Today, I Will Make Myself a Cup of Tea
  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
  • Do Great Things . . . Or Do Nothing
  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
  • What 40-Degree Water Taught Me About Philosophy
  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
  • Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
  • What I’m Reading – 5/4 – Team of Rivals
  • Epistemic Status
  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
  • What I’m Reading – 4/27 – The Graveyard Book; The Longest Winter
  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
  • Monday Funday – Killer Drone
  • Shortcuts 4/22/16
  • The Easiest Path To Professional Success
  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
  • How To (And How Not To) Defeat a Demagogue
  • Monday Funday, 4/11/2016
  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
  • How to Learn To Love Any New Habit
  • What I’m Reading – 4/6 – The Iraq War; Impro; Zen in the Art of Writing; The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 100/100/100
  • The Best Thing I Read Last Week
  • Friday Shortcuts
  • Analyzing Life from an Archeologist’s Perspective
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • What’s the Evolutionary Basis for Why We Like TV?
  • Tip of the AI Iceberg
  • The Theory of 5,000 Einsteins
  • All of Our Instincts Are Fighting Against Us
  • McCarthy’s Maxim in Visual Form
  • Why Irrationality May Be Our Best Form of Job Security
  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Rules for Thinking, Daniel Dennett; Does it Matter? Alan Watts
  • Benchley’s Law of Distinction, Forager-Farmer Edition
  • The DO Rule
  • Proof of Evolution You Can See
  • Is Ultrarunning on the Decline?
  • Let My People Go (and Drink Responsibly)!
  • The Least Interesting Years of My Life
  • The Mismeasure of Man; A Universe of Consciousness
  • On Donald Trump, Superforecasting, and Granularity
  • Stalingrad, The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • The Smart People Need to get Smarter
  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
  • The Amateur Astronomer
  • Why Working at the Same Time as Everyone Else Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
  • The Red Queen and the New Political Order
  • Programming vs. Strategy
  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
  • This is the New Political Order
  • Why It’s Ok to Dance Alone on a Hill in Tight Pants
  • How to Lead, How to Follow
  • Snapchat: The New Game
  • Games and Problems (How to Solve Any Problem)
  • The Battle for Non-Distraction
  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
  • Steve Jobs; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology and Discovery of Invention; Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  • The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
  • Insider Games vs. Outsider Games, Paul Krugman Edition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
  • Arguing with People Online is a Waste of Time
  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
  • Creativity, Domains, Consensus, and Recognition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke
  • Disassortative Mating, Heart-Warming Edition
  • Humanity Trumps Ideology
  • The Golden Age of Games
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Benjamin Franklin, an American Life; Einstein, His Life and Universe; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Riches to Rags Story
  • The Observable Universe, Log-Scale Image
  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
  • Why the Nobel Prize is Overrated
  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Find Your Voice, Do Your Special Work
  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda

    Why belief in our own moral superiority is the most irrational bias of all.

    Speaking of which, the famine in Yemen could be one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises in years, and the US government has been complicit in its creation.

    On a more pleasant note, if this isn’t the coolest thing you watch today, I’d love to know what is. The part starting about 45 seconds in is downright hypnotic.

    The woodworker who quit email. I’m jealous.

    Catalan government photoshops image of political rival out of photo, forgets to photoshop legs of political rival. Note the disembodied khakis slightly to the left of center.

  • Odysseus and Intentionally Inconvenient Design
  • First Ascents, Google Glass, and Thalidomide
  • Sitting and Moving
  • Nudging to Non-Distraction
  • The Feck Off Gates
  • Completeness of Experience
  • Defaulting to Distraction
  • Reflections on the Passing of Anthony Bourdain
  • How Obsession with Success May Lead to Failure
  • Why Most Theories Are Like Stories
  • A Story about Status and Freedom
  • Addiction, the Principle of Least Effort, and the Freedom from the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Reasons for Overcoming Reasons for Pessimism
  • On Convergence and the Value of Figuring Things Out for Yourself
  • Breakthroughs, Skills, and Adaptations
  • Justin Timberlake and the Decline of American Football
  • Internet Judge, Jury, and Executioner
  • Charles Mann on the Challenge of Feeding 10 Billion People
  • My 12 Rules for Life
  • The Land of Confusion
  • The Best Book on Political Theory I’ve Ever Read
  • Sometimes You Can, Indeed, Get What You Want
  • Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Haidt on the Age of Outrage
  • A Beneficial Ruse
  • Why Deny the Obvious, Child?
  • Rise of the Slaughterbots
  • Simler and Hanson on Our Hidden Motivations in Everyday Life
  • Nothing to See Here
  • On the Benefits of Status Flexibility
  • Lazy Photoshopping Makes for Bad Propaganda
  • Can War Foster Cooperation?
  • Yudkowsky on the Dangers of False Modesty
  • Friday Funday: Why Humans Brains Aren’t as Special as We’d Like to Think
  • Friday Funday: Why Clocks Run Clockwise
  • Sunstein on Conspiracy Theories
  • Dr. George Sheehan on the Benefits of Physical Play
  • Lakoff on the Pervasiveness of Conventional Metaphor
  • John Cleese Wins the Internet
  • Nobel Economist Kahneman on How to Measure the Value of a Human Life
  • McShane et al on Why We Should Abandon Statistical Significance
  • Sleeping with Your Sister, Trolley Problems, and Other Quandaries of Post Hoc Rationalization
  • The Suffering of the Privileged
  • Rolling the Dice
  • You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
  • A Three-Step Process for Deciding Which News Stories To Give a Shit About
  • Toward Greater Parsimony of Narratives
  • Contra Bershidsky on Catalan Independence
  • In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
  • Refusing to Let Others Dictate Your Agenda
  • Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
  • Anti-ism-ism
  • Rapoport’s Rebuttals – A Model for Better Online Civil Discourse
  • Why the President of the United States Is NOT the Most Powerful Man on Earth
  • In Defense of Broader Free Speech Norms
  • Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
  • Accept the World Exactly as It Is, and then Go Try to Make It Better
  • What’s the Matter with Saguache County, Colorado?
  • Discipline And Flexibility, Not Discipline Or Flexibility
  • This is Why Extreme Policies Become Normal
  • You Were Not Designed To Be Happy
  • Why Strategic Copying > Innovation
  • The Challenge of Consilience
  • The Random Life Experience Generator
  • The Society for Uncertainty and Intellectual Modesty
  • The Optimal Amount of Work for Any Person, Explained
  • In Defense of Human Experience over Digital Information
  • Be Wary of Collective Explanations, Too
  • Why It’s Best To Think of Explanations As Partial Fictions
  • Status Games
  • One Sentence to Explain Politics in 2017
  • Why Loose Enforcement of Laws Gives Law Enforcement More Power
  • Brain in a Social-Media Vat
  • The Joy of Irrelevance and Anonymity
  • The Rationality of Seemingly Irrational Political Beliefs
  • Goals vs. Streaks
  • The Hardest Questions
  • Me and My Pony
  • Habits and Holes
  • Right Here Problems
  • Life at Zero Speed
  • Ambivalence to Achievement
  • Metarules for Games
  • Today, I Will Make Myself a Cup of Tea
  • Refuse To Even Say His Name
  • Do Great Things . . . Or Do Nothing
  • Ozymandias and Our Quests for Immortality
  • What We Really Mean When We Talk About Minimalism
  • What 40-Degree Water Taught Me About Philosophy
  • You Are the Star of Your Own Movie (But Nobody Else’s)
  • What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement is Overrated)
  • The Strategic Value of Not Planning
  • Republicanism, Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Instability
  • The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
  • Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want
  • Monday Funday – Radiohead
  • Friday Shortcuts – Robots Reading Romance Novels
  • Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
  • What I’m Reading – 5/4 – Team of Rivals
  • Epistemic Status
  • Monday Funday – Running Through Barcelona
  • Friday Shortcuts – 1:11 Half-Marathon with a Stroller
  • Light Reading for Our Robot Overlords
  • What I’m Reading – 4/27 – The Graveyard Book; The Longest Winter
  • Every Day I Wake Up Unemployed
  • Monday Funday – Killer Drone
  • Shortcuts 4/22/16
  • The Easiest Path To Professional Success
  • What I’m Reading – 4/20 – What I Think About When I Think About Running
  • Why It’s Good To Be a Square Peg
  • Monday Funday – Super Mario Bros. Speed Record
  • Friday Shortcuts 4/14 – I Think This Is a Joke
  • The Real Reason We Like To Travel
  • What I’m Reading – 4/13 – Seveneves; Asylum; SuperBetter
  • How To (And How Not To) Defeat a Demagogue
  • Monday Funday, 4/11/2016
  • Friday Shortcuts and The Process
  • How to Learn To Love Any New Habit
  • What I’m Reading – 4/6 – The Iraq War; Impro; Zen in the Art of Writing; The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 100/100/100
  • The Best Thing I Read Last Week
  • Friday Shortcuts
  • Analyzing Life from an Archeologist’s Perspective
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • What’s the Evolutionary Basis for Why We Like TV?
  • Tip of the AI Iceberg
  • The Theory of 5,000 Einsteins
  • All of Our Instincts Are Fighting Against Us
  • McCarthy’s Maxim in Visual Form
  • Why Irrationality May Be Our Best Form of Job Security
  • How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry
  • Intuition Pumps and Other Rules for Thinking, Daniel Dennett; Does it Matter? Alan Watts
  • Benchley’s Law of Distinction, Forager-Farmer Edition
  • The DO Rule
  • Proof of Evolution You Can See
  • Is Ultrarunning on the Decline?
  • Let My People Go (and Drink Responsibly)!
  • The Least Interesting Years of My Life
  • The Mismeasure of Man; A Universe of Consciousness
  • On Donald Trump, Superforecasting, and Granularity
  • Stalingrad, The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • The Smart People Need to get Smarter
  • Go, AlphaGo, and the Game of Games
  • The Amateur Astronomer
  • Why Working at the Same Time as Everyone Else Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be
  • The Red Queen and the New Political Order
  • Programming vs. Strategy
  • The End of the End of History?
  • Evolution: The Ultimate Game
  • On Weirdness
  • This is the New Political Order
  • Why It’s Ok to Dance Alone on a Hill in Tight Pants
  • How to Lead, How to Follow
  • Snapchat: The New Game
  • Games and Problems (How to Solve Any Problem)
  • The Battle for Non-Distraction
  • Zen Koans, Virality, and Self Promotion
  • Steve Jobs; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology and Discovery of Invention; Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  • The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
  • Insider Games vs. Outsider Games, Paul Krugman Edition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke, Part II
  • Winners and Losers & the Multicultural Ideal
  • Arguing with People Online is a Waste of Time
  • Is Blogging Now Irrelevant?
  • Creativity, Domains, Consensus, and Recognition
  • Do What You Want; Never Retire; Die Broke
  • Disassortative Mating, Heart-Warming Edition
  • Humanity Trumps Ideology
  • The Golden Age of Games
  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Benjamin Franklin, an American Life; Einstein, His Life and Universe; The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Riches to Rags Story
  • The Observable Universe, Log-Scale Image
  • Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
  • The American Civil War; Musicophilia; A Perfect Mess
  • Why the Nobel Prize is Overrated
  • The Sum of our Experiences
  • Underrated: Being a Threshold Earner
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Humane Idealist
  • Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art
  • 1493; The Revenge of Geography; The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
  • Why I’m an Optimist Who Believes the End of the World is Nigh
  • Trey Spruance, Art for Its Own Sake
  • Kind Moments Caught on Russian Dashcams
  • Boy and Puppy
  • Why the Left-Right Distinction in Politics is Overrated
  • The Art of Learning; Collapse; Promoter Mind, Hustler Heart; The Last of the President’s Men
  • Embracing Imperfection
  • Find Your Voice, Do Your Special Work
  • Joyous and Swift
  • What is the Meaning of Life? (On the Importance of Asking Better Questions)
  • Poorly Worded Questions
  • Pascal’s Wager (A Different Calculus)
  • The Final Countdown
  • Ten Keys to a Meaningful Life
  • Wittgenstein’s Ruler (McCarthy’s Maxim)